How To Care For Dreadlocks
If you’re a fan of Bob Marley, or just love the 70s aesthetic in general, you may have considered getting dreadlocks or dreads to update your look. Throughout history people have worn dreads, such as King Tut. Even today it is one of the most popular hairstyles in the world. With the right maintenance and proper grooming habits, you can expect to enjoy your cool hairstyle for a long time.
How Dreadlocks Are Made
Dreadlocks are rope-like clumps of hair that would naturally form if you neglect your hair. But people have learned to purposely make them and have developed styles for them to make them look attractive. They are simple enough to do with a blow-dryer, a fine-toothed come, and some hair wax.
To do the backcombing method, wash your hair and partition them as you like. Secure the sections with rubber bands, backcomb, apply the wax, and roll section with your palm. You can also do another way by twisting the hair sections using wax and your fingers. Alternatively, you can braid the sections of hair.
Maintaining Your Dreads
Dreadlocks are easy enough to make without having them done professionally, but they do require minimal maintenance. It’s best not to wash them for a few days after you first form them, otherwise they may unravel. After this period, you may wash them a few times a week using a residue-free shampoo to prevent molds forming on your hair. To avoid the unpleasant smell, make sure that the locks are dry before washing them again.
One thing you need to know about dreadlocks is that they take some time to grow long. If you envy Bob Marley’s long locks, you may want to stimulate hair growth using some essential oils. Peppermint oil is great to massage on the scalp because it smells great and helps relieve some of the discomfort due to dryness. Rosemary oil promotes circulation in the scalp, making hair grow faster. Jojoba oil is also good because of its moisturizing properties, preventing breakage.
Dreadlocks are not only stylish and fashionable, they are also really easy to do, affordable, and low maintenance. You don’t have to worry about getting knots in your hair — in fact, you’ll look forward to them because they just add to your look.
There are a few disadvantages though, such as the initial discomfort and unpleasant smells, but these are easily remedied. As long as you practice good hygiene, dreads are a great option for those looking for a way to update their look without the expensive salon fees.